RALEIGH — North Carolina’s 2013 Christmas tree crop promises to be one of the best in recent years, according to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “There was plenty of rain this year, which helped Christmas tree growers across the state,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler in a release. “Consumers can find locally grown Christmas trees at choose-and-cut farms, tree lots and farmers markets across the state.”
Growers traditionally start selling Christmas trees the day after Thanksgiving, but because the holiday falls later this year, many growers are already open for the season.
“No matter where you live in the state, it won’t be hard to find a fresh North Carolina tree,” said Bill Glenn, a marketing specialist with the department. “Even most of the trees you find at retail and grocery stores were grown in the state.”
To make the search for the perfect tree easier, the department offers an online directory at www.ncfarmfresh.com. Visitors can search by location to find Christmas trees near their home or close to where they might travel over the holidays.
Choose-and-cut directories are also available at the four state-operated farmers markets in Asheville, Charlotte, Colfax and Raleigh, as well as all of the state welcome centers. Free, printed copies of the directory are available by contacting John Hammond with the department’s Marketing Division at 919-707-3147.
North Carolina is the nation’s second-largest producer of Christmas trees, behind Oregon.